We can’t know what goes on in the presidential marriage, and frankly thank god. It is entirely possible Melania never wanted anything to do with the run for the presidency. Perhaps she made that perfectly clear to the old man, telling him she would play no part in it. If that or something like it is the case, the old guy factored it in and decided to go ahead anyway. That would make her nonparticipation his responsibility as well.
It’s also possible he doesn’t want her — or Barron, or both — close to him for some reason we know nothing about. The distance and isolation may be imposed by him.
Whatever the truth, I suspect both Melania and her lack of involvement with the role of first lady are far less interesting than they seem to be from our perspective.
Her photos are still fascinating, and haunting.